Ten of the eleven arbitration-eligible Diamondbacks came to terms with the team before the official deadline at 11am Arizona time yesterday. We’ve now got the numbers for all ten, so let’s review, shall we? In descending order of price, they are (service time in years is in brackets)
- David Peralta (4.120) – $7.0 million
- Robbie Ray (4.007) – $6.05 million
- Taijuan Walker (4.142) – $5.025 million
- Jake Lamb (4.053) – 4.825 million
- Steven Souza Jr. (4.072) – $4.125 million
- Nick Ahmed (4.054) – $3.6625 million
- Archie Bradley (3.112) – $1.83 million
- Andrew Chafin (4.020) – $1.945 million
- Matt Andriese (3.071) – $920,000
- John Ryan Murphy (3.043) – $900,000
The one name missing from the list above is T.J. McFarland, who was not able to work something out. The two sides have now exchanged figures with regard to what they want and offer for the 2019 season. McFarland wants $1.675 million for his second year of salary arbitration, according to AP reports, while the Diamondbacks have offered $1.275 million. It’s a relatively small differential - at least, compared to the only other player in the NL West not have settled with their team. For Nolan Arenado and the Rockies are six million dollars apart, with the team offering $24 million, and Arenado wanting $30 million. Even the lower figure would be a record, surpassing the $23 million given to Josh Donaldson.
Teams can still negotiate with their players, although the tendency of late has been for negotiations to end at the filing date. If nothing comes of that, then McFarland and the team will each get to make their case before an arbitration panel, explaining why their offer is correct. The panel then picks one or other figure - there’s no splitting the difference - and that’s what the player will receive for their 2019 contract. A total of 15 players have not come to agreement to this point, including some big names in addition to Arenado, such as Trevor Bauer (who also went to a hearing last season, and won his case) and Gerrit Cole. Hearings will occur from February 1-20 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
T.J. McFarland should get:
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